Thursday, April 22, 2010

Contributions from readers

 Mike Leigh Daily Telegraph article online

Dennis Hall of Parrot Press Editions sent me this article he wrote on Searle for an arts magazine he contributes to- 'Parenthesis'.

I must start updating with some of the material generous folk have contributed lately.  First up cartoonist Leo Rios found a couple of original Searles in the local Museo della Caricatura in Tolentino, Italy.
'The Clergyman' (unsigned) above is from 'The Rake's Progress' (page 88)

'The Academician' is from Mr Rothman's New Guide to London (Rothmans Of Pall Mall London 1965)

From Chris Madden's blog 'a rarely seen early Searle on these pages. It was drawn when he was 18 years old.

 The picture dates back to Searle’s early years in Cambridge.  He wasn’t a student there – he just happened to live in the town (His father was a porter at Cambridge railway station at the time of his birth). He managed to get a job as a cartoonist on the local Cambridge paper and also indulged his interest in art by drawing portraits (not quite caricatures at this early stage) for the Cambridge University magazine The Granta.

 This portrait from the magazine’s edition of 2nd November 1938 is of Helen Gillett, who just happens to be my partner’s mother (which is why we’ve got an old copy of the publication in a drawer). She had her portrait done because she’d just become the captain of the women’s hockey team.'

Here's another early one that popped up on eBay recently-
I'm not sure what it's promoting but it looks South American . . .


Leo Ríos said...

Finer than fine... thanks Matt!

Pete Western said...

Sorry to have to correct you, Matt but "The Clergyman" is from 'Rake's Progress'.

Pete Western said... any fule kno.

Matt Jones said...

Ah, yes -I thought it was either from the Rake's or Big Mayhew. I wonder why it's not with the rest of the original Rake's in the British Museum?

Chuck said...

This is a wonderful piece. It appears that Searle was still finding his way as an artist when he did this one early in his career. The similarities to the work of M. Covarrubias are inescapable.

Thanks for posting all this enlightening stuff!